Victories over Florida State and North Florida helped the Gophers move to No. 14 in the Associated Press men's basketball poll that was released Monday.
Here's a link to the full poll.
The Gophers are the fifth highest ranked among teams in the Big Ten, with Indiana holding the No. 1 spot, Michigan at No. 3, Ohio State No. 7 and Illinois No. 13.
The last time they were ranked that high was during the 2010-11 season.
The Gophers (8-1), whose only loss was to second-ranked Duke, play South Dakota State on Tuesday night at Williams Arena.
Indiana, which has been No. 1 since the preseason poll, saw its lead over Duke shrink a little bit. The Hoosiers (8-0) received 45 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel, two fewer than last week.
Duke (8-0) for the second straight week had the other first-place votes. The Blue Devils beat Ohio State last week giving them wins over teams ranked second, third and fourth in a span of 15 days. The other such run was Arizona beating teams ranked first, fourth and fifth from the regional semifinals to the NCAA championship game in 1997, a span of 11 days.
Kentucky (4-3) lost to Notre Dame and Baylor last week, the latter a loss that snapped the Wildcats' 55-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation. Kentucky had been ranked in the last 61 polls, 11 of those weeks at No. 1. The run started with the preseason poll of 2009-10, the start of the Calipari Era when the Wildcats started young lineups which were usually gutted the next season by the NBA draft. The Wildcats won Kentucky's eighth national championship in April then had six players taken in the draft including Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the first two picks.
Duke has the longest current run in the poll — 101 weeks which started with the preseason poll of 2007-08. Kansas has the second-longest run at 69 weeks.